Laser Treatment for Macular Degeneration

February 7, 2015

A new technique reported in The FASEB Journal suggests that during early stages, it might be possible to reverse early age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness that is currently irreversible. The treatment involving a low-energy nanosecond laser may also have further implications for other eye diseases such as diabetic macular edema, diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity.

Results showed that treating those with early AMD with this new low energy nanosecond laser may limit disease progression. Importantly, unlike other lasers currently used to treat eye disease, the nanosecond laser does not result in damage to the sensitive retina. This study also showed evidence that nanosecond laser treatment in one eye can also produce positive effects in the other untreated eye. This raises the possibility that monocular treatment may be sufficient to treat disease in both eyes.

For more info:

http://www.sciencecodex.com/in_mice_men_laser_treatment_reverses_effects_of_early_agerelated_macular_degeneration-149977


Drug Pipeline for Dry Macular Degeneration

January 25, 2015

The following companies are developing drugs for treating Dry Macular Degeneration:

Acucela Inc., Alimera Sciences, Inc., Bioheart, Inc., Catalyst Biosciences, Inc.,

Cell Cure Neurosciences, Ltd., Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc., EyeCyte, Inc.,

Foamix Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Genentech, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline plc,

Icon Bioscience, Inc., Inotek Pharmaceuticals Corporation, MacuCLEAR, Inc.,

Neurotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ocata Therapeutics, Inc., Ophthotech Corp.,

pSivida Corp., Tacere Therapeutics, Inc.

Contact them for more info.


Ozone Therapy and Dry Macular Degeneration

January 25, 2015

The following is from Lauren Tappan.

The dry form of ARMD is becoming a serious problem because of the rise in the number of old individuals. No effective therapy is available in dry ARMD except for the illusory oral administration of antioxidant vitamins. Despite scepticism in the medical community, the therapeutic effect of ozonetherapy had been evaluated since 1996. This evaluation has been based on specific biochemical, molecular and pharmacological reactions. Nevertheless a number of visual scientists continue to ignore ozonetherapy conservatively and prescribe only antioxidant vitamins. Two small clinical studies involving 217 patients have been performed at the University of Siena showing that ozonetherapy can stop the progression of the disease while improving the visual acuity and the well-being of the patient. Moreover, it seems that ozonetherapy is a safe procedure and tends to have an excellent compliance.

For more info:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3939750/


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January 20, 2015

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Stargardt’s Info

January 7, 2015
From: CIRM Info
Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2015 6:46 PM
Subject: Re: Stargardt’s
Dear Lauren,
Thank you for reaching out to us. We apologize for the slow reply.
Stargardts is a very active area of stem cell research. There are a number of clinical trials now underway. The federal database http://www.clinicaltrials.gov is the best way to get contact information about each trial. For instance, we did a search on (“stargardts” AND “stem cells”) and got these results:http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=%22stargardts%22+AND+%22stem+cells%22&Search=Search
Also, here’s a link to a great resource for understanding stem cell treatments in general: http://www.closerlookatstemcells.org
 
We are not aware of research related to Vitamin A, saffron, and stargardt’s.
 
Thank you for forwarding the link to your blog!
 
Best wishes,
 
CIRM Info
From: Lauren Tappan <laurenandjay@mindspring.com>
Date: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 8:24 AM
To: User <info@cirm.ca.gov>
Subject: Stargardt’s
12/22/14
Dear California Institute for Regenerative Medicine,
    I have Stargardt’s . I am wondering if you are doing any stem cell research or clinical trials for Stargardt’s patients. At the moment, I am interested in the downside of Vitamin A for Stargardt’s patients. I am experimenting with saffron. Has there been any research done on this?
    I look forward to hearing from you.
Lauren Tappan

Book Recommendation

December 21, 2014

Here is a holiday book suggestion for people living with macular degeneration and stargardts. I highly recommend the book  Glimpse: A Telling Tattle by D.S. Sully.

You can get the book for Kindle and on Amazon.

Lauren Tappan


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